Travel Tours


Discover the pleasures of learning while you explore fascinating and spectacular areas of the world where you and a small group of fellow travelers are led by academic guides, who share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the destinations.

Our Travel Study program offers educational travel to destinations around the globe. Itineraries are chosen carefully to offer a safe and comprehensive way to explore history, culture, nature, and the arts through visits to sites not usually available to travelers and to those well-known sites.

Join us!

We welcome all interested persons, regardless of educational background – you don’t need a prerequisite for this university program! These tours will appeal to you if you want more from your travel experience than standing in lines or shopping for souvenirs.

Included in your tour:

  • Return airfare and comfortable land transportation
  • accommodation
  • All admissions and excursions
  • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary
  • Admissions and excursions
  • Baggage handling at hotels, where available


Free Preview: 2019 Travel Study Program

Whether you’re curious about travel study or are a seasoned participant in our programs, you will enjoy this preview of our tours for 2019. Educational travel extends your imagination, life experience and appreciation of different cultures. During the afternoon you will have the chance to discuss upcoming tours with our academic specialists, watch fascinating presentations about each destination and learn more about the Travel Study program. We hope to see you there.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Note: Admission is free, but you must pre-register, as seating is limited.

View details and pre-register

Our 2019 tours:

Registration for our 2019 tours will begin in October — detailed itineraries and pricing will be available to view in September. If you would like to receive a brochure and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us at or 250-721-7797. Here are the tours we plan to offer next year:

Amsterdam to Paris: A Musical Journey – April 23 to May 7, 2019. Academic Resource: Alexandra Pohran Dawkins, Professor Emerita, School of Music, UVic

Highlights of Spain May 1 to 21, 2019. Academic Resource: Rosa Stewart, MA, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, UVic

Berlin: City and Culture May 14 to 27, 2019. Academic Resource: Kat Sark, PhD, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVic

Discover Newfoundland! June 11 to 24, 2019. Academic Resource: Robert Holliston, accompanist and chamber player, is currently Keyboard Department Head and vocal coach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, as well as Curator, Public Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria

Our 2020 tours:

Which tour destinations should we offer in 2020? View possible tours and help us decide which ones to run.



Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2018. Join us to discover the unique qualities of the desert which have inspired artists for thousands of years. In the 20th century New Mexico was the spiritual home for internationally renowned artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, and a rich source of inspiration for Lawren Harris, who also made New Mexico his home in the late 1930s.

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Remember that every country has its own customs and ways of doing things. Refrain from making comparisons to what “we do at home”. In fact, it’s a great idea to read up on the customs of the country or countries you plan to visit before you leave so that you’re not too surprised. Respect is key.

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I’m always astounded when I talk to people who have accumulated vast amounts of unused vacation time. While I realize it’s often difficult to make time to be away from your work, studies have proven that those of us who use our vacation time to travel are happier and healthier for it. And your break away doesn’t need to be a 3-week excursion to some distant land – although it couldn’t hurt!

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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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A Taste for Travel

A question that Rosa Stewart admits she is quite used to hearing from her undergrad students in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic. “But my Continuing Studies students are different,” she explains.

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Help us select 2018/2019 Travel Tour destinations

This poll is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. Please stay tuned for our exciting new 2018/2019 tours! Sign up for Travel Tours E-News Join other learners who stay current on Continuing Studies Travel Tours.

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Janet McDonald, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8827
Amy Errington, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-7997